Community Outreach Updates

The Howard County Police Department operates under the Community Policing model where the community is a partner with the police department in the process to fight crime. Community policing uses community partnerships along with problem-solving strategies in order to make Howard County a safe place to live and work. Through these partnerships, Howard County aims to build trust with the community, so it can feel supported and protected, while feeling comfortable coming forward with information about what is going on in your own communities in an effort to solve the problems together.

On this page you'll find updates on the department's community outreach and upcoming events.

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Police Academy 41 gives back with Rebuilding Together Howard County

RebuildingEach year, the Howard County Police Academy partners with a community service organization in Howard County. The current class, Academy 41, selected Rebuilding Together Howard County, an organization that makes home repairs for the elderly, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and families with children who are in-need. 

On March 25, the recruits repaired fencing, painted, fixed door fixtures, replaced drywall, and did electrical and plumbing work at the house, which they selected through Rebuilding Together.

“We’ve always been a community-oriented police department, and this is just one of the many things we do,” Howard County Police Maj. Luther Johnson said. “We start it at the beginning. We start it from the minute they start working for our department.”

As of early April, the Academy has raised $2,395 for Rebuilding Together Howard County. 

School Resource Officers join students for first Hoops and Heroes basketball game

HoopsSchool Resource Officers join students for first Hoops and Heroes basketball game 
Howard County Police School Resource Officers (SROs) are assigned to 13 high schools and six middle schools in the county. The SROs ensure safety within the schools and participate in outreach events with students to maintain positive relationships.

On March 22, SROs joined students from the Howard County Recreation and Parks afterschool programs from Wilde Lake and Harper's Choice Middle Schools for the first Hoops & Heroes basketball game at Wilde Lake MS. The officers and the staff from the JAWS and CATS programs faced off against the students in a game and then celebrated with a pizza party.

“This is important to show the kids we’re not just out there enforcing laws but we’re here to do outreach and work with the kids,” said officer and youth liaison Will Harris. “Given the current times and recent events surrounding law enforcement across the nation, it’s always good to reinforce that we’re out there doing an honest job, which includes working with today’s youth.” 


Howard County Police adopt two Head Start programs

HeadStartHoward County Police have adopted the Head Start programs in Ellicott City and at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, two of the four Head Start programs run by the Community Action Council of Howard County. Officers visit the programs on a regular basis to read to the children and play games with them.

On March 21, Lt. Stephanie Wall, Cpl. Ryan McCrone and Pfc. Jessica Morgan spent the morning at the Ellicott City Head Start to read to students and join in some games. 

Officers visit elementary schools for Read Across America

ReadingNational Read Across America Day 2017 was March 2, and throughout the week, officers visited several elementary schools in Howard County to read with students and answer their questions. 

On March 3, several officers and the school’s crossing guard read to students at Bryant Woods Elementary School as part of their superhero-themed reading day. 

“We always try to bring in community leaders to help out,” said Toni Sommerville, Bryant Woods Elementary Reading Support Teacher. “And this year our theme is superheroes and superpower readers. We thought about what people in our community are heroes to us, and so we really wanted to invite the police officers to come out and be a part of that.”


Community Outreach & Pathway Patrol Officers teach seatbelt safety and play at recess

RecessOn Feb. 3, officers from the Community Outreach Division and Pathway Patrol Section visited two elementary schools in Howard County. At Jeffers Hill Elementary, officers joined Impact Research for a presentation on seatbelt safety. At Phelps Luck Elementary, officers joined second graders for recess and made some new friends!

February Coffee with a Cop

CWACOn Feb. 2, officers headed to The Bagel Bin & Deli in Clarksville for Coffee with a Cop. View more photos on our Facebook page. 

The Coffee with a Cop program offers the community an opportunity to meet face-to-face with police personnel in a neutral environment to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know officers. As always, coffee and conversation are on the house! Coffee with a Cop is the first Thursday of each month at different locations around Howard County. Check the upcoming events for future locations. 
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